9b7e589da75b74d54336fd276d58716aIt’s a short word with powerful meaning(s).  It is important and necessary.  It is essential and valuable.  It can save your dignity and maybe your life.  It is “no”.  But some of us are not very comfortable using it, or may not know how to use it.  How about you?

Saying no to something or someone is a form of boundary setting.  It defines a line (emotional or physical) that you are not willing to cross, or have someone else cross.  It can be a way that we protect ourselves from physical and emotional harm.  Being able to identify when we are becoming overwhelmed or burned out is important as we can set boundaries with others in order to save our sanity.  Sometimes we have to let go of something in order to gain something else.

Here are a few things to consider:

* what is the worst thing that can happen if I say no?

* who will benefit most if I set a boundary?

* how will boundary setting affect my life?

* do I feel like I always have to please others and put myself last?

I encourage you to explore your boundaries and find the good in saying “no” this weekend!


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    Last reviewed: 23 Aug 2013

APA Reference
Callender, K. (2013). The Good Thing About Saying No. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 27, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/lessons/2013/08/the-good-thing-about-saying-no/



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